Music Teacher's Association to host concert in Ruthanne Lodato's memory Friday

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - Music lovers and family and friends of the late Ruthanne Lodato, who was killed in her Alexandria home on Feb. 6, gathered for a concert in her honor Friday night in Old Town.

Lodato, a music teacher and active member of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association, was murdered after an unknown suspect rang her doorbell and then shot her and her mother's caregiver, before fleeing.

Lodato's family, together with NVMTA, have founded a scholarship in Lodato's memory, and planned the concert Friday to celebrate her life and hopefully raise money for the scholarship.

"She was so loved by our community,” said Elizabeth Blakeslee, President of the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association.

She adds that the loss of Lodato is still hard to comprehend:

"It's been such a shock and we've been quite traumatized by that because she was an integral member of our organization. And we miss her."

Lodato’s death was the third in a string of unsolved murders in Alexandria over the past 10 years, as transportation official Ron Kirby was also killed in November 2013, and Nancy Dunning in 2003.

Police say the crimes could possibly be connected, but do not yet have a confirmed suspect.

"It's not only tragic, but just not knowing has got to be horrible,” says Patrick Killeen, a friend of the Kirby family. Like so many others, he has been watching the case of Charles Severance, the man with possible connections to the murders and currently sits in a West Virginia jail on gun charges.

Killeen has confidence that the crimes will one day be solved.

"I'd say maybe there's a 90, 80-percent chance they solve it at the end of the day, but the end of that day may be several more years," he said.

The concert was held at the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. in Old Town Alexandria.